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Teach for America Struggles to Attract Male Teachers

by Rick Cohen - Source: Education Week
Teach for America is typically flooded with job applicants from top colleges and universities, but according to Chanté Chambers, the managing director of recruitment at historically black colleges and universities at the New York City-based Teach For America, the high-profile teaching nonprofit isn’t flooded by male applicants. She says that low status of education is “definitely a barrier,” especially among African American men.

An all-male Buffalo Public School to address differences in learning? It's being considered

By Mike Desmond - WBFO - NPR News
Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash was clearly surprised the discussions were far enough along to be brought to the board as part of a briefing on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching. That is according to Assistant Superintendent Fatima Morrell, who is working in that much larger field.

How storytelling is giving voice to a small part of the early childhood workforce — men

By Ann Schimke - Chalkbeat
In their own words, the men described the journeys that led them to work in the early childhood field — as teachers, counselors, coaches and administrators.

Male teacher adds ties to school's male achievement lessons

by Maya Earls - Tribune Staff Writer
For more than 20 years students put on their best suits for "Male Leadership Day" at Murrell Dobbins CTE High School. Year after year, since Commercial and Advertising arts teacher Troy Stratton has been around, students struggled to tie their ties. Some students did not have a tie at all.

"We're talking about 200 — 300 young men who don't have ties," Stratton said in an interview.

Caring for Black Male Students Requires More Than Good Intentions, According to Education Study

Earlier this year, a video of English teacher Barry White Jr.'s unique handshakes with each of his students went viral. In the video, White, who is black, greeted each of his students at the predominately black elementary school with elaborate high-fives that he said were based around each student's personality and helped him connect with each child.

Southern University to increase underrepresented male teachers

Southern University is among several southern states and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) partnering with the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) to increase the number of underrepresented male teachers. SHEEO was recently awarded a three-year grant from the W.K.

Massachusetts teaching force remains dominated by women

By Matt Rocheleau - Boston Globe Staff
Despite efforts to recruit more male teachers, their numbers in Massachusetts public school classrooms remain stagnant, according to a Globe review.

About 25 percent of all public school teachers statewide last year were men. That figure has been fairly flat in recent years. But the share of male teachers is lower than it was in the early 1990s, when it was about 32 percent.

The teacher gender disparity is most pronounced at the elementary grades.

Educators’ Summit Highlights Need For More Virginia Teachers of Color

by John O’Neil - Virginia Education Association - Communications Director
Nearly one-half of students attending Virginia public schools are minorities, but fewer than one in five teachers is.

Educate ME Foundation working to grow the number of Black teachers for Black students across the country

by Curtis Bunn - Indianapolis Recorder
The axiom, "Those who cannot do, teach," missed the point, as far as Blake Nathan is concerned.

In fact, Nathan created the Educate ME Foundation on a wholly opposite premise: To mentor and encourage African-American students, high school and college, to pursue careers in education, especially as teachers—and to help existing Black teachers find new opportunities.

A-plus for effort! This cool teacher has an energetic personalized handshake for every pupil

By Rod Ardehali For Mailonline
A US primary school teacher has staked a claim at being the coolest in the world after memorising elaborate hi-five routines with each of his pupils.

Barry White Jr, an English teacher at Ashley Park Elementary School in North Carolina, has created unique handshake routines for his student and performs them every morning as they enter class.

Metro State U, Osseo make a deal to help diversify Minnesota’s teacher corps

By Pioneer Press Editorial Board
In a system as big, complex and resistant to change as that by which we educate children, efforts to innovate deserve notice.

They matter in a state that fails to educate all its children and one struggling to add diversity to its teaching corps.

With hometown pride, we make note of new work at Metropolitan State University to remove barriers that make it harder for aspiring teachers to take their places in Minnesota schools that need them.

Column: How I learned my own value as a black male teacher

By Ricky House - PBS Newshour
Article Note: Black males represent roughly 2 percent of all public school teachers in the U.S. While nonwhite educators are being hired at a higher proportional rate than white teachers, they’re also leaving the teaching profession at a higher rate, according to a 2015 report from the Albert Shanker Institute.

Path to a new life takes these minority high school graduates back to preschool

By Alejandra Matos - Washington Post
Sekani Malcolm was serving coffee and pastries at Dunkin’ Donuts last month, a 20-year-old high school graduate with no plans to go to college and few aspirations for a solid career. He had struggled in school, where he sometimes found trouble, and he was working the part-time job to help support his 3-month-old daughter.

Become an Urban Teacher

KD Brown - Urban Teachers
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How to Become a Teacher in Lots of Steps

by Ron Clone - Racine County Eye
Training for the profession of teaching, even in 1971, was not the easiest major to enter at Michigan State. When I transferred from Central Michigan as a junior, I was headed into secondary education, as I mentioned in my initial blog entry. After the first term, I decided to switch my major to elementary after several conversations with my oldest brother and his wife, both of whom were teachers.

An Interview with David Brody: The role of men in teaching

This is an interview of David Brody in New Zealand. David has spent most of his career focusing on early childhood education, teacher training and academic research. He recently sat down with The Jerusalem Post to discuss the role of men in early childhood education and his research in the field of gender balance, which he began some five years ago. Your read about his research here.

Editorial: What Teacher Dispositions Engage Children in Learning?

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Last November, Joe and Brandon, two of the male early childhood students attended the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference and participated in every presentation given by a male educator. These two men were affirmed in their decision to become early childhood teachers because they continually heard how important it is for children to have a male teacher.

Want black male role models in our schools? Hire them as teachers.

by Goorish Wibneh - The Seattle Globalist
The Seattle Public Schools has a well documented "achievement gap." That's the striking difference in academic achievement between black male students (and other students of color) compared with their white counterparts.

As of last year, SPS also has a five-year strategic plan to address the gap.

Gender stereotypes breaking down in career choices

by Tyra Jackson - Reporter - Opelika-Auburn News
A typical work day for East Alabama Medical Center nurse Charles Smith can consist of extreme emergencies, the stabilization of patients, collaborating with co-workers, educating families about medical conditions and anything that has to do with saving a life.

On some days at the intensive care unit, he might even be referred to as "doc."

Male teachers in elementaries

by Rick McCrabb - Journal-News
They can have a positive effect in the classroom, research shows.

Men make up only 10 percent of the elementary school teachers in Butler County, a trend seen nationally and one that concerns education experts.

The Middletown Journal analyzed staff lists in 10 Butler County districts, and of the 1,603.8 full-time equivalent teachers in elementary schools, 164 — or 10.2 percent — are men, according to 2010-11 data from the Ohio Department of Education.

Education facing shortage of African American male teachers

by Jay Hare - Dothan Eagle
Rodney McCloud is something of a rarity in the education profession. He’s an African American male educator who teaches a STEM-related class.

Will More Black Male Teachers Help Black Boys Better Succeed In School?

By Marika Suval - Wisconsin Public Radio
Educator Christopher Emdin has unhappy memories of being a young black student taught by a black male teacher who didn't see value in him as a person. Now, he sees his experiences persists among students he's interviewed and worked with.

Video: Male Teachers in Mississippi

by Victoria Bailey - WCBI.com
Across the country, teaching is considered an overwhelmingly female profession.

According to menteach.org in the Mississippi School Systems, grades k-12, only seventeen percent of teachers are made up of males.

The marines may be looking for a few good men but Mississippi School Systems are in the same position.

For many students in grade school a teacher is usually a Mrs. and if there are men in the school system they work as a bus driver, coach a sport or do vocational work.

To be a teacher, one must have a love for the class room.

Recent college graduate returns to classroom: Town welcomes fourth-grade teacher

By Theresa Bourke - Echo Journal
From college football player and aspiring coach to fourth-grade teacher. That's how Adam Langan ended up in Nisswa.

"I kind of lost interest in football the second year I was playing and really gained more interest in teaching," Langan said. "(I) realized that teaching was really what I wanted to do."

'We could change a life': Summerville teacher to start male mentoring program

by Jenna-Ley Harrison - The Summerville Journal Scene
Growing up, Summerville teacher ReZsaun Lewis never felt connected with school. He grew up in a rough North Charleston neighborhood and watched his two brothers suffer from poor decisions. Lewis said he, too, might have ended up in jail like one of them, or on a different life path, had his middle school chorus teacher Marianne Williams not taken him under her wing.

Why Black Men Quit Teaching

By Christopher Emdinaug - New York Times
How can we help black boys succeed in school? One popular answer is that we need more black male teachers.

Men in early childcare: ‘We’ve seen nothing but a positive impact’

by Sheila Wayman - Irish Times
“Early childhood education in Ireland at the moment is at a very exciting place,” says David Kenna (29), a “floating” junior manager with Park Academy Childcare, which has eight centres in south Dublin/north Wicklow, including an outdoors nature kindergarten.

“It is all moving towards child-led learning and learning through play; that’s what really appeals to me.”

The Impact of a Black Male Teacher: The Day Harrison Died

by Rashad J. Smith, Rochester - Democrat & Chronicle
Steven James Harrison, Jr. was an English teacher in the Rochester City School District who gave a large part of his time and resources to students beyond the classroom. On August 4, 2006 Harrison traveled from Rochester to his home in the Bronx along with his brother Marquis to celebrate their mother's birthday.

Lawyer-Turned-Teacher Says Desire for Family Time Explains Why More Men Go 'Pink Collar'

By Debra Cassens Weiss - ABA Journel
Adrian Ortiz made more money in Mexico than in the United States, but he’s not complaining.

Her Male Teachers Were Integral to Her Success and Sense of Self

by Kara Post-Kennedy - The Good Men Project
I just had a conversation with an old high school friend of mine who is now a high school teacher herself about the nature of student/teacher relationships.

She confessed that she has an easier time connecting with her male students than her female ones; this prompted us to reminisce about the teachers who had impacted us most during those years.

I was somewhat amazed to realize that ALL of the teachers who sprang to my mind were men.
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